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Dale Earnhardt Quotes

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr

Dale Earnhardt quotes: on competition, winning, constantly improving, having confidence, and more.

“You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.”

“Life hits you with moments of adversity.  Like a boxer, it’s about how we deal with these blows that will come to define us in the end.  Do we curl up in the corner and crumble, or do we take the hits and persevere?”

“No matter how bad things seem, there is always another day.  And when you think you have nothing going for you, take a moment to remember life’s simple pleasures.  It’s so important to keep everything in perspective.”

“Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.”

“The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car; it’s the one who refuses to lose.”

“You’ve heard it countless times before, but life really is all about the journey.  You only get one go-around, and if you spend the whole time thinking about the finish line and where you want to be, you’ll probably never even get there – at least not in the way you envisioned.”

“You win some, lose some, and wreck some.”

“Not everything is black and white.  And not everything can be chalked up to a win or a loss.  Sometimes, we don’t just lose, we crash and burn, and that’s okay.  For some of us, we need to hit rock bottom before we can rise from the ashes like a phoenix.”

“Winning is obviously great, but losing can carry its fair share of lessons, too.  And a complete collapse and recalculation can sometimes be the quickest way to figure things out in life.  Instead of trying again or rebuilding, maybe you just need to move in a completely different direction.  You never know until you try.”

“You’ve got to be closer to the edge than ever to win.  That means sometimes you go over the edge, and I don’t mean driving, either.”

“If you want to stand out from the pack, you have to do something to get people’s attention.  Sometimes, that means stepping out of line, bending the rules and pushing the limits.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions, push the boundaries and take risks.  The worst thing you can do is fail, and that’s far better than not trying in the first place.  And who knows, you might just succeed.”

“Second place is just the first place loser.”

“It feels like there’s a prevailing idea among Millennials that trying your hardest is good enough.  You know what, an ‘A for effort’ will only get you so far in life.  Life, like NASCAR driving, is a race, and everyone wants to finish first.”

“We all want the highest-paying job, a hot significant other who loves us and a dope house to come home to every night, but you only get those things by grinding and hustling.”

“You go back to the start of time.  One cave guy was fighting another cave guy because his club was bigger than his or his woman had longer hair.  That’s competition.”

“That’s what we’re striving for, making us a contender in every race.”

“That strategy of racing for the top five and racing for the win is where everybody wants to be.”

“I’ve got to win every race.”

“With 20 top-10 finishes, I feel we’re on the right path.”

“I’ve had confidence in myself all along.  It was just a matter of getting the pieces back in place.”

“As any successful individual will tell you, confidence is king.  In order for others to believe in you, you have to believe and trust in yourself.  Those who exude confidence usually exude calmness, which is also necessary for success.”

“If you have confidence in yourself, it really is a simple matter of putting the pieces in place.”

“I woke up this morning, and I still don’t believe I won the Daytona 500.”

“It’s a never-ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.”

“We should always strive to be better at our craft, no matter what.  I’ve stocked shoes, taken out trash and dealt with assholes from every walk of life and even though I definitely didn’t want to at times, I always gave it my all.”

“Striving to be better at your job and striving to be a better person aren’t mutually exclusive.  You can’t turn off a solid work ethic and a positive attitude after your shift is over and you go home for the night.  Working hard, professionally and personally, is a never-ending battle, but you get out what you put in.”

“People are going to get older and young guys are going to come in and race and get more competitive.”

“When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike.  Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.”

“Two of my favorite things are my steering wheel and my Remington rifle.”

“Life can be tough, cruel and bewildering, but it’s also a beautiful gift.  Laugh, smile and, even though success is a major key, don’t forget to enjoy the road to getting there.”

“You ask me about tragic accidents?  If I am on my tractor at my farm and it rolls over on me and kills me, that’s a tragic accident.  If I die in a race car, that’s life.  I died doing what I love.”

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